Thursday 25 March 1982
Everyone was looking forward to seeing the cliffs of the lower Murray.
The fuel problems continued into the early part of the morning. 45 minutes were lost with various stoppages. Fresh fuel at Lock 2 and then again at Sinclairs Flat appeared to solve the problem.
Kilometre after kilometre of cliffs of all colours provided the most spectacular scenery of the Expedition.
The 100 metre high cliffs gave the support crews fantastic views as they leapfrogged from vantage point to vantage point.
Houseboats, river cruisers and pleasure boats were everywhere. There are very few bridges across the river and for many kilometres ferries are often the only means of crossing the river.
The crew in the bus made their way onto a ferry at Walkers Flat and were able to persuade the ferry driver to stop in the middle of the river so they photograph the boats coming in to refuel.
The overnight stop was at the Murray Bridge Caravan Park. It was quite dark by the time the boat crews arrived.
Now that the Expedition was in ‘civilisation’ the boats could not be just left on the bank. Security precautions meant a 200 metre haul to the campsite. The local police visited the Expedition’s campsite and paid particular attention to the security of the craft.
DAY 13 – SUMMARY OF PROGRESS
|Departed Kingston on Murray||0700|
|Running Time||10 hours 40 mins||100 hours 11 mins||110 hours 51 mins|
|Refuelling||30 mins||7 hours 08 mins||7 hours 38 mins|
|Delays||35 mins||17 hours 32 mins||18 hours 07 mins|
|TOTAL TIME||11 hours 45 mins||124 hours 51mins||136 hours 36mins|
|Distance||322 kilometres||2988 kilometres||3312 kilometres|
|Average Speed||30.8 kmh||28.2 kmh||29.9 kmh|
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